England have made one change to their side to face France in their second test of the autumn series at Sandy Park home of the Exeter Chief’s this weekend.
After kicking off with an impressive 20-10 victory over the French last weekend at the Stade de Michelin in Clemont-Ferrand their first victory on French soil for seven years.
Head coach Simon Middleton has kept faith with the side that preformed so well with the exception of the experienced Lydia Thompson (pictured) returning in place of Jess Breach who drops to the substitutes bench after starting last week on the wing.
“We were delighted to secure our first win in France since 2012,” he said.
“The players put a real shift in and stuck to the plan. We have had a good week's recovery and preparation, which we will now complete in Devon.
“Certainly from our point of view, we will be looking to improve on a couple of areas, the primary one being our handling.”
“France had the lion's share of both the possession and field position last week, which we countered with a very good defensive performance.
“This week, we will be looking to address both those balances and with it, show more of our attacking capabilities.
“Sandy Park is a great venue. When we played there against Italy in the Six Nations, the reception from the crowd and the people of Exeter was brilliant and we can't wait for Saturday's game.”
The side will again be led by number eight Sarah Hunter, with world player of the year Emily Scarrett again named at centre, while Marlie Packer will win her 70th cap for England when she starts in the backrow.
France have made a number of changes to their side as Ian Jason comes in on the wing in place of Marine Menager, while Morgane Peyronnet and Laure Sansus will form a new look half back pairing. The uncapped pair of Marie-Aurelie Castel and Amelie Roux could both earn their first ever caps from the reserve bench.
England Women: 15 Sarah McKenna , 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Zoe Harrison, 11 Abby Dow, 10 Katy Daley-Mclean, 9 Leanne Riley, 1 Hannah Botterman, 2 Lark Davies, 3 Sarah Bern, 4 Zoe Aldcroft, 5 Abbie Scott, 6 Sarah Beckett, 7 Marlie Packer, 8 Sarah Hunter (c)
Replacements: 16 Heather Kerr, 17 Ellena Perry, 18 Shaunagh Brown, 19 Poppy Cleall, 20 Vicky Fleetwood, 21 Natasha Hunt, 22 Emily Scott, 23 Jess Breach
France Ladies: 15 Jessy Tremouliere,14 Caroline Boujard, 13 Camille Boudaud, 12 Gabrielle Vernier, 11 Ian Jason 10 Morgane Peyronnet, 9 Laure Sansus; 1 Annaelle Deshaye, 2 Agathe Sochat, 3 Clara Joyeaux, 4 Lenaig Corson, 5 Safi N' Diaye, 6 Celine Ferer, 7 Gaelle Hermet, 8 Romane Menager
Replacements: 16 Caroline Thomas, 17 Celia Domain, 18 Maylis Traore, 19 Amelie Roux, 20 Julie Annery, 21 Pauline Bourdon, 22 Marie-Aurelie Castel
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